REVIEW

Hotel Il Girasole

A set of four buildings with killer views across brick terraces to the Bay of Naples far below.

By Reid Bramblett, Saturday, Jul 1, 2006, 10:35 AM

Hotel Il Girasole

About this Hotel

Price From $90

A teensy public bus departs from the Marina Grande docks—just outside Capri town—for a 20-minute drive to Anacapri, the island's other village, on the slopes of Monte Solaro.

Once there, follow the path for 10 minutes, past the wrought-iron gates of houses scattered across this back side of the island, and you arrive at the Girasole, a set of four buildings with killer views across brick terraces to the Bay of Naples far below.

Rooms 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24 have the best panoramas; the views from rooms 8 to 11 (under the pool deck) are partially blocked by flowering vines.

Unless you're desperate to save the extra $15 to $20 per night, avoid rooms 3 to 5, which are under the reception hall and offer views only of the linen closet.

All the numbered rooms are decorated with tasteful modular furnishings and padded headboards.

The two named rooms (Aurum and Raggio di Luna) are larger, pricier suites that have been gussied up with reproduction antiques, stuccowork or painted motifs on the walls, and picture windows.

Closed November 1 to early April.

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